SOC229 Lecture Notes - Lecture 14: Prohibition In The United States, Organized Crime, Small Business

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Critically analyze the mafia model of organizes crime (oc); Analyze the main characteristics of oc included in attempts to define organized crime; Discuss drugs trafficking as a form of biz; The mafia (cosa nostra) model of organized crime. Hierarchy (top of the boss), ethnicity, monopolistic (that they guide and rule over different crime areas), territorial, italian heritage. In fact, a myth not solely an italian thing . Perpetuated by the media (main point that it is cross racial, ethnic etc) No one definition lack of consensus. Involves criminal conspiracy b/w 2 or more individuals. Sale of illicit goods and services; on going/continual process (not one time); consensual they are coming to me, i"m not pushing drugs on them (non predatory) Not going to use a court if the client doesn"t pay. Those on the top are less likely to be involved in the dealings, they are the ones to be.

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